Tuesday, July 29, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Tree Davis branches out with forestry stewardship

By
March 7, 2011 |

Daniel Durrand and Clare Callahan of Davis learn to care for a young tree in Wildhorse as part of a Tree Davis young tree pruning and tree care event Feb. 19. Courtesy photo

By David Robinson

Tree Davis is launching a new Urban Forestry Stewardship Program and invites interested members of the public to attend an informational session at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11. The meeting will take place in the Veterans’ Memorial Center Game Room, 203 E. 14th St.

The program will train 40 to -50 Davis residents in young tree monitoring and early problem detection techniques. Working in pairs, participants will adopt between five and 10 city of Davis street or greenbelt shade trees planted in the past several years.

Participants will attend four lectures by volunteer experts who will discuss:

* Growth patterns and pruning considerations to improve tree structure;

* Characteristics of tree species planted in Davis;

* Identification and mitigation of factors that prevent successful tree establishment; and

* Measurement of tree performance for updating the inventory of trees.

The program, while an opportunity for local residents to learn more about young tree care, also is critical to the successful establishment of newly planted city trees. If not properly monitored and maintained, trees can die from insufficient water, too much water, incorrect staking, competition with weeds or lawns, as well as diseases and pests.

Urban forestry stewardship volunteers will play a key role in keeping Davis green, clean and cool. According to the Alliance for Community Trees, streets with little or no shade need to be repaved twice as often as those with 30 percent tree cover, and just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50 percent.

Trees also reduce water runoff from rain, and they clean the water that does run off, thereby reducing the need for costly storm water control and water treatment facilities.

According to the Alliance for Community Trees, each year an acre of trees absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles, and trees cool city heat islands between 10 and 20 degrees, thus reducing ozone levels and helping cities meet air quality standards required for disbursement of federal funds.

By working together, volunteers will have the chance to take ownership and responsibility for Davis’ urban forest. Urban forestry stewardship volunteers will be able to increase the survivorship and performance of city trees for years to come and educate their neighbors to ensure everyone has the skills to care for our community’s trees.

For more information about Tree Davis’ Urban Forestry Stewardship Program and to learn more about the upcoming informational session, visit http://www.treedavis.org or e-mail info@treedavis.org.

— David Robinson is president of the Tree Davis board of directors. This column appears monthly.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    That’s the ticket: Mondavi gets dynamic with pricing

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Tickets, sponsorships available for 10th annual Village Feast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Ramco launches innovation center outreach effort

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Bob Dunning: Just be glad we don’t want fingerprints

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Crews make gains on foothills wildfire

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Groundwater expert will speak in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Forum will explore injured veterans’ issues

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Humphrey Fellows share tales from their countries

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Hear Julie and the Jukes in the park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Fair entries due soon for veggie, flower exhibitors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Exchange program seeks host families

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Square Tomatoes celebrates its anniversary

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Forum

     
    Our own policies do us harm

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Pat Oliphant cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

     
    It’s all the ecologists’ fault

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Refrain from generalization

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

     
    It hurts, but not as much as the truth

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Accusations tear family down

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Republic sets attendance record

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Cats let win slip away in Tacoma

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Houston continues to be a problem for A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Thorpe named UCD head softball coach

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Pirates plunder S.F.

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7